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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Soundtrack Jonny Greenwood, “Inherent Vice” (Nonesuch). Because it is the first – and likely to be only – cinematic adaptation of a novel by Thomas Pynchon, Paul Thomas And... Read More

Thursday, December 18, 2014

ClassicalA Caius ChristmasChoir of Gonville & Caius College, CambridgeGeoffrey Webber, conductor[Delphian]Three and a half starsThis Christmas disc takes chances but is one of the best of this yea... Read More

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

JazzBobby PreviteTerminals: Five Concerts for Percussion Ensemble and Solo4 starsHere, unquestionably, is Bobby Previte’s masterpiece.It’s not that there will never be any more of them, ... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Tuesday, December 16, 2014

R&B D’Angelo & the Vanguard "Black Messiah" [RCA] 4 stars For the past 14 years, we’ve been teased mercilessly by the promise of a D’Angelo album to follow 2000’s master... Read More

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Pop Neneh Cherry, “Blank Project Deluxe” (Smalltown Supersound). Neneh Cherry’s first solo album in nearly 20 years emerged in February of this year, and never made too much of a ... Read More

Thursday, December 11, 2014

R&BMary J. BligeThe London Sessions[Capitol]3 starsIt started with Amy Winehouse, truly exploded with the success of Adele and owes a significant debt to the late, great Dusty Springfield. The pop... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Wednesday, December 10, 2014

R&B Mary J. Blige "The London Sessions" [Capitol] 3 stars It started with Amy Winehouse, truly exploded with the success of Adele and owes a significant debt to the late, great Dusty S... Read More

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Classic PopFrank SinatraSinatra: London[Universal]3 starsLet’s hear it for the Sinatra kids. When it comes to inspired and idiosyncratic treatment of their father’s recorded legacy, they... Read More

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

ClassicalBachEmil Gilels Plays Bach, Volume II[Melodiya]3.5 starsThe title of the disc is almost a misnomer. Yes, all of this music is by Bach. But the organ Prelude and Fugue in D-major is heard in a... Read More

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Beethoven, “The Middle String Quartets” performed by the Cypress String Quartet Opp. 59, 74 and 95 (Avie, three discs). What have long been called Beethoven’s “Middle Quart... Read More
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